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RED LODGE - John E. Majerus, age 74, of Red Lodge, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, with his wife by his side, after a five-year battle with esophageal cancer.

John was born in Watertown, S.D., on Nov. 14, 1928, the only child of Emil and Isabel Majerus. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Army. He was honorably discharged in 1948 and remained in the reserves. John started his higher education at the University of Minnesota and completed two years until the reserves were called to active duty.

He served two more years in the Army, and was honorably discharged in 1952. John graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1954. It was on campus that he met his beloved wife-to-be, Mary. John and Mary were wed in Minneapolis on June 23, 1956. In 1958, their first son, Michael, was born, followed by David in 1959, Dan in 1961 and daughter Sally in 1965.

After his college graduation, John was employed in the petroleum industry. In 1971, John and his family moved to Red Lodge. They owned and operated the Coast to Coast Store in Red Loge for several years. When they sold the store, he retired, found it boring and worked several winters for Red Lodge Mountain Ski Run. He later accepted a job with the City of Red Lodge Fire and Ambulance Department.

John was a member of the Elks in Minneapolis, and in Red Lodge belonged to the Star in the West Lodge #40 AF & AM and the Royal Arch Masons.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Majerus of Red Lodge; three sons, Michael (special friend Kathleen Cooper) of Red Lodge, David (wife Dawn) of Laurel, Dan (wife Cindy) of Big Fork; and his daughter Sally Slater (husband Rich) of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandsons Eric and Jason Majerus of Laurel, Robbie and Chet Slater of Cheyenne; and step-grandson, Shane Sherman of Big Fork. John is also survived by his adored dog, Mickey.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, at Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow in the Red Lodge Cemetery. Cremation has taken place. Memorials may be given to Beartooth Hospice, Box 590, Red Lodge, MT 59068.

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